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Stations strike can derail Tube bosses’ plan

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2489

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RMT union members at Finsbury Park station last August (Pic: Sasha Simic )


London Underground (LU) station staff in the RMT union were set to strike for 48 hours from 9pm this Saturday.

The walkout is part of a week of action against cuts imposed on stations by bosses under the guise of their “Fit for the Future” reorganisation.

It is in reality a cuts plan that the union says is “not fit for anything” but does slash hundreds of jobs and threatens safety on the Tube.

The union said, “LU’s commitment to protect weekend rest days has come to nothing.

“We cannot and will not accept the imposition of draconian rosters and working practises.”

RMT said the strike is to be followed by a “rolling programme of targeted industrial action to highlight problems with weekend rest days and peak staffing levels.”

The union is still in dispute over unacceptable rosters, short notice duty changes, chronic understaffing and threatened removal of a one-off payment.

Overwhelming 

RMT’s engineering branch has also delivered two overwhelming votes to strike over safe track access among London Underground and Tube Lines staff.

However, drivers belonging to the RMT and Aslef unions will not be taking part. This is due to the agreement over the Night Tube service reached with the London Underground last week.

It is only because workers have kept up a fight that bosses are negotiating.

What better way to show the importance of unions during the TUC week of action than to make the walkout as strong as possible?

It’s crucial that everyone who wants to see Tory austerity defeated shows solidarity with striking Tube workers.

RMT members should vote yes to defend Glen Hart who has been victimised for his trade union activities. The strike ballot ends on Thursday of this week.

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